Hope exists as a family of Christ followers who gather together weekly in downtown Minneapolis, and then live as the body of Christ individually and in small groups all over the Twin Cities area. This is our most important method of being a blessing to our city.
Hope believes deeply in impacting our city, our state, and the world. The church is not a bomb-shelter to hide in from the “dangers” of the world; it is a forward-moving, living body, called to storm the gates of Hell with the Gospel. (Matthew 16:18, Genesis 12:2-3, Jeremiah 29:1-11)
As the body of Christ we are called to bring the Gospel in all its fullness to those around us. The Gospel is not an intellectual assent to a list of doctrinal truths; the Gospel, rather, is the all-powerful, wholly transforming person and work of Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 2:1-10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-21)
The purpose of outreach through Hope is to see people, institutions, neighborhoods, and cities impacted and transformed by the person of Jesus Christ, displayed through his body, the church, in word and in deed. (Colossians 1:3-14; 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10; 1 Peter 3:15-16)
We believe that the local church should be a blessing to the city, so we encourage people to look beyond the walls of Hope for ways to serve. Listed below are the organizations that we have decided to partner with. We wholeheartedly support their efforts to tangibly bring the Gospel to our Cities, and we’d love for you to connect with them.
Hope Academy’s mission is to foster hope in God within the inner-city neighborhoods of Minneapolis by providing youth with an outstanding, Christ-centered education. This inter-denominational school will seek to unleash kingdom citizens who work for justice, economic opportunity, racial harmony, hope for the family, and joy in the community.
For more information:http://www.hopeschool.org
Volunteer Opportunities: tutoring kids, reading to young children, mentoring
MacLaurinCSF bridges church and university in the Twin Cities metropolitan area, bringing theological resources to the university and academic resources to the church. Our goal is to strengthen Christian intellectual life in this region by creating public space for leaders in the academy and church to address enduring human questions together.
For more information: http://www.maclaurincsf.org
Volunteer Opportunities: mentoring, study center help, tech support, event planning, reading group facilitation
Located in one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the country, Source has an urban art center/co-op, community homes, a transitional home for sex-trafficking victims, and a church plant. These exist so that followers of Christ can be a friend by providing physical needs, safe environments, advocacy, and a voice of God’s hope, love, and forgiveness.
For more information:http://www.sourcemn.org
Volunteer Opportunities: construction projects, Fallout Arts Fest, May Day Parade, care for women living at the Source Annex
New Life/First Care Pregnancy Center
At New Life Family Services, we compassionately open our doors and our hearts to women and men who believe abortion is the “only” solution to an unplanned pregnancy. The First Care Pregnancy Center is located in the heart of Stadium Village on the U of M campus. We offer free pregnancy tests, counseling, sonograms, and personal care, showing the love of Christ to those in crisis.
For more information:http://www.firstcareminnesota.com
Volunteer Opportunities: cleaning days, ornament assembly for Christmas fundraisers, help with advertising
The mission of Urban Homeworks is to perpetuate the hope of Jesus Christ through innovative community development. We focus on dignified housing for low income families, a strategic network of good neighbors, and the redemptive development of real estate.
For more information: http://www.urbanhomeworks.org
Volunteer Opportunities: construction projects, Urban Neighbor program
Listed below are some more organizations that we recommend serving with. While we are not full-blown partners with them, we believe that they are doing really good work, and we encourage you to serve with them.
Angel Tree is a ministry that reaches out to the children of inmates and their families with the love of Christ. Before Christmas volunteers collect gifts and deliver them to families.
For more information: http://www.prisonfellowship.org/programs/angel-tree/
Volunteer opportunities: purchase gifts, deliver gifts to families
Feed My Starving Children
Feed My Starving Children is a non-profit Christian organization committed to feeding God’s starving children hungry in body and spirit. Children and adults hand-pack meals formulated specially for starving children, and the meals are shipped to nearly 70 countries around the world.
For more information: www.fmsc.org
Volunteer opportunities: package food, pack boxes
Fruit of the Vine Food Shelf – South Metro Vineyard Church
Fruit of the Vine is a ministry of South Metro Vineyard Church of Burnsville, Minnesota to people in need. Each week we serve around 400 families, or 1,600 per month (this amounts to around 90,000 pounds of food.)
For more information:http://vcsmn.org/site/get-involved/
Volunteer opportunities: welcome guests, pray for them, and package groceries
Safe Families for Children is a movement of hundreds of families of faith who open their homes to care for children whose parents are struggling. Churches of all sizes are necessary to provide for vulnerable children within our communities.
For more information: http://www.safe-families.org
Volunteer opportunities: open your home to a child in need of temporary housing